Farmhouse Table – Making the Table Top


We made some headway with Daniel & Adelle’s Farmhouse Table in the last week. We put in one solid days work on the weekend, as well as one weekday evening.

Our work was a bit all over the map, as there was four of us we decided it was best to go our separate directions and knock off different tasks. I will try to focus my posts on each specific topic, and today we’ll get down with how we made the table top.

The Table Plans
The Table Plans

Bright and early we headed to the lumber yard, bought all the lumber & supplies, and rented a Zipcar van to get them all to the garage. We are using spruce for the legs & supports and gorgeous 2″ thick pine for the table and bench tops.

Lumber purchased (and no, we did not plan to bring it home on that scooter)

We inspected the tabletop boards, and decided on layout. We attached the tabletop boards together using the Kreg Pocket Hole system, 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Deciding on board layout
Daniel marking the Kreg pocket hole locations
pocket holes
Daniel drilling the pocket holes (Dan is now a Kreg expert)
Glue baby glue

We added support pieces to the underside of the table to try to curb any warping the table may want to do (we are not using breadboard pieces on the table, so we wanted some extra assurance that things would stay put.)

cross supports
Adelle attaching supports under the table top

After that, we clamped on a guide (we used a level) and cut the ends flush on the tabletop with a circular saw. The poor saw had a bit of a tough time with the thick wood

Cutting ends
Cutting off the ends of the table top so everything is perfect

Sanded, sanded and sanded some more. While two people were power sanding, the other two were alternately cutting the rest of the lumber we needed, and hand sanding.

Sanding, sanding, sanding…

After we could just sand no more, we decided to give the table top a coat of wood conditioner, then a coat of stain.


wood conditioner
Applying wood conditioner
One coat of stain applied

We let the stain dry, and applied a second coat a few days later.

Two coats of stain
Two coats of stain
Close up of the table top

The table top is now ready for poly, and we can move on to making its legs.

We are not going to assemble everything until we’ve moved it to Daniel & Adelle’s new place, as this huge table would never fit through doors assembled!

This weekend is a holiday weekend in Canada. I think we will be turning our attention to gardening, bbq’s and drinks on the deck. I fear we will not be very productive this weekend!

Any big plans for the weekend? BBQ’s, cottages, fireworks?

Author: Kristen

Kristen & her husband El Granto & their Vizsla Odin live in a converted Storefront in downtown Toronto.

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